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University of Iowa
240 S. Madison St.
S229 Lindquist Center
Iowa City, IA 52242
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Program Contact Bil Loyd
Phone 319.384.2127

The University of Iowa (UI) REACH Program creates a living-learning Big 10 campus experience where young adults with multiple learning and cognitive disabilities are empowered to become independent, engaged members of their community. Coursework, campus life, and career preparation assist students in reaching their full potential through a two-year, comprehensive certificate program. UI REACH strives to maintain contact with alumni to encourage them to become independent adults by utilizing the independent living and career-related skills they learned in the program.

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 60
Deadline to apply to this program: Rolling deadline - for Fall admission it is best to have materials in by December 31st
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • 18-25 years old
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Down Syndrome; Traumatic Brain Injury; Tourettes Syndrome; etc.
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 62%
Retention rate: 92%
Tuition amount: $33,530.00
Room and board: $10,640.00
Program specific fees: $0.00
Additional costs: $2,204.00
$450 - acceptance fee; $1,479.00 - University student fees; $275.00 - Activity Fee
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Yes
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Local School District funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Grant Funding
Scholarships available:

We offer a limited number of scholarships to needy students.  In the last year we were able to offer up to $5000 per student dependent upon their level of need as evidenced in the FAFSA.

Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
  • Typical Continuing Education courses
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

Students take courses designed to help them with workplace readiness, social skills, and independent living skills.

Classroom/academic time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25% of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: a Certificate from the College of Education at the University of Iowa
The credential(s) is/are:
  • Approved by Institute of Higher Education
  • Just for students in this program
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 0%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 82%
We offer the following specialized credentials:

To earn a career focus area students complete a 60 hour internship and a career seminar in that career focus area.


Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25% of the time
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Students may participate in intermural activities and/or any of the over 500 student organizations on campus.

Last updated: Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 19:45